Monday, April 23, 2007

Helpful Links

I stumbled upon some helpful sites recently and thought I'd share.

~Shanna Germain has an excellent series of short columns about writing up at Erotica Readers & Writers Association. This month she's talking about The Rest of the Sex Story: Writing Description, Action and Dialogue, which includes examples from her own writing, clear explanations, and a few supporting links. Highly recommended.

~I recently had to write a synopsis and my pantser self was cringing big time. Luckily I'd been digging into the editing posts at Samhain Publishing's blog and found a link to Lisa Gardner's lecture series, Conquering the Dreaded Synopsis. She also addresses the equally dreaded query letter in this lecture, and I used some of the tips for an epub query. I did, however, ignore pointer #7, which went something like, "Don't mention controversial topics such as homosexuality, etc." For the pub I was targeting, this was front and center ;)

~And finally, I saw a link to a short essay on style by Kurt Vonnegut, posted at The Fish Tank. Nothing like a little reminder on how to keep our voices fresh. Thank you, Mr. Vonnegut, and may you rest in peace.


veinglory said...

Thanks for sharing your links :)

Shanna Germain said...

Thanks so much for the nice words about my column at ERA. I'm having a blast writing it, and it's good to know that other writers are finding it useful!

All the best,

Laura Bacchi said...

You're both welcome! Shanna, I'm a big fan. But you probably already know that :)